NHL141 1 Quarterfinals Begin in EA Sports NHL 14 Cover VoteQuarterfinal matchups have been revealed in EA Sports NHL 14 Cover Vote, according to EA Sports. Voting for this round is now live and fans can vote an unlimited number of times at NHL.com/CoverVote. The round closes on May 19 at 11:59pm ET, and the semi-finals matchups will be announced May 20th. The ultimate winner will be revealed as the NHL 14 Cover Athlete during the 2013 Stanley Cup® Final.

The opening round of sixteen certainly ended with drama, as Edmonton Oiler Taylor Hall defeated the Colorado Avalanche’s Matt Duchene by less than 100 votes. First overall picks Hall and John Tavares, as well as second overall pick James Van Reimsdyk are joined by undrafted free-agent Sergei Bobrovsky, who has spent most of his career in his native Russia. Two members of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Reimsdyk and Joffrey Lupul, advanced perhaps in part thanks to their game six heroics against the mighty Boston Bruins (with Mr. Lupul maybe getting some help from a few misguided Game of Thrones fans.)

This year fans can double their voting power by using these player specific hashtags on “Twitter Vote Thursdays.” Each player specific hashtag used on Twitter on Thursdays will be counted as two official votes. Fans can join the conversation about the cover vote every day by using #NHL14CoverVote on Twitter and Instagram.

NHL 14 will be available for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system, and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. NHL 14 releases on Sept. 10, 2013, in North America and Sept. 13, 2013 worldwide.